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Working for MSPD
MSPD considers training a top priority and
is recognized nationwide for many of our outstanding training programs.
All areas of the state offer a low cost health
insurance plan for member coverage, and dependents can be added for
an additional cost.
Rates for member and spouse optional life
insurance are based upon the employee’s age. Optional child(ren)
coverage is a flat amount of $2.00 per month for $10,000 in coverage.
The EAP also has an on-line web site highlighting
mental health and personal growth issues that is accessible to
all eligible employees.
The Deferred Compensation Plan offers fixed
and variable rate investment choices so employees can select the investment
portfolio that best meets their needs.
The state contributes more than $3000 per
year per employee towards their future retirement benefit.
If you are considering a career with us, the
State of Missouri offers a generous benefit package for employees
in full-time, permanent positions. Benefits are available on a pro-rated
basis for employees in permanent part-time positions budgeted to
work 20 or more hours per week.
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Holidays and Leave
Annual Leave, Sick
Leave, and Holidays
Full-time employees earn 5 hours of annual leave
and 5 hours of sick leave per semi-monthly pay period, which equals
three weeks per year. Annual leave accrual rates increase after 10
and 15 years of service. The sick leave accrual rate does not increase.
There are 12 paid holidays per calendar year.
Public Defender attorneys earn continuing legal
education credit through in-house training programs as well as training
programs outside the system. Additional training opportunities are
available through the Training Division.
Public Defender attorneys employed on January
1 of each year are eligible to have their Missouri Bar dues paid
by the Public Defender System.
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Insurance and Related Benefits
The State of Missouri offers several health care
plans with a wide range of medical coverage for employees. Health
care plan availability and premiums vary based on geographic location
across the state. You can learn more about
health care options available to state employees by visiting Missouri
Consolidated Health Care Plan.
Dental coverage is available statewide through
offering a nationwide network of participating providers.
Vision benefits are also available statewide and
are administered by the National Vision Administrators, LLC (NVA).
Basic Life Insurance
The state provides basic life insurance in the
amount of one times an employee's annual salary at no employee cost.
The life insurance, long-term disability, and retirement plans are
all administered by MOSERS,
the Missouri State Employees Retirement System.
Optional Life Insurance
Employees may purchase additional term life insurance
with premiums paid through payroll deduction. Coverage can be elected
in a flat amount in multiples of $10,000. The coverage amount cannot
exceed six times the employee's annual salary.
Employees may also elect to purchase life insurance
on a spouse (up to $100,000) and child(ren) ($10,000 per child).
Long Term Disability Insurance
The State of Missouri provides eligible employees
with long term disability insurance at no cost to the employee. The
long term disability benefits include a 90-day waiting period; continuation
of creditable service toward retirement benefits for each month an
employee receives disability benefits; and 60 percent replacement
of pre-disability earnings less any deductible income.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The Employee Assistance Program is designed to
give employees access to short-term mental health benefits. This
plan is paid for by the State of Missouri. It entitles an employee
and any household member to receive up to six counseling sessions
annually per episode. The program is strictly confidential.
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Financial and Other Related Benefits
Employees can participate in the State of Missouri
Deferred Compensation Plan by deferring a portion of their salary
before state and federal income taxes are withheld. The minimum deferral
is $25 per month. ICMA-RC is the plan
administrator for the deferred compensation plan.
The retirement plan is administered by MOSERS, the Missouri State Employees Retirement System. The retirement benefit is calculated using a formula based upon age at retirement, months of creditable service, salary, and benefit payment option selected.
Retirement plan enrollment is determined by an employee's hire date. New state employees hired for the first time January 1, 2011 or later in a benefit-eligible position (with no prior benefit-eligible state service) are enrolled in the MSEP 2011 Plan. Employees contribute 4% of pay by payroll deduction to the MOSERS trust fund which is applied toward the future retirement benefit. Employees are vested after five years of creditable service.
Information for current or returning state employees (originally hired in a benefit-eligible position prior to January 1, 2011) can be found at the MOSERS website.
US Savings Bonds
Employees may purchase US Savings Bonds (Series
EE) in $100, $200, $500, or $1,000 denominations through payroll
Missouri Credit Union
Public Defender employees may elect to join the
Credit Union. Employees must deposit $1.00 into
an MCU savings account to establish membership. This deposit allows
employees to take advantage of the checking, savings,
services, and other services offered
through the Credit Union
Employees may elect to redirect pretax dollars
to pay for eligible expenses including state-sponsored medical,
dental, and vision premiums; medical expenses not covered by insurance;
and child care or older dependent care expenses. Participation in
the cafeteria plan lowers gross taxable income reported to the Internal
Revenue Service. For more information, go to Missouri
State Employees' Cafeteria Plan.
This summary of benefits is provided for information
purposes only. It is not to be construed as providing any contractual
rights, expressly implied, or as providing financial or legal advice.
Benefits are subject to change. Further information regarding benefits
is available upon request.
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